by Jessica Stewart (for the Kings Bay Plowshares)
On April 4, 2018, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Liz McAlister, 78, Stephen Kelly S.J., 70, Martha Hennessy, 62, Clare Grady, 58, Patrick O’Neill, 62, Mark Colville, 55, and Carmen Trotta, 55, entered the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. Carrying hammers and bottles of their own blood, the seven sought to enact and embody the prophet Isaiah’s command to: “Beat swords into plowshares.” In so doing, they were upholding the US Constitution through its requirement to respect treaties, international law through the UN Charter and Nuremburg principles, and higher moral law regarding the sacredness of all creation. Although currently being held at the Camden County jail in Woodbine, Georgia, they expect to be acquitted of all charges.
Kings Bay Naval base opened in 1979 as the Navy’s Atlantic Ocean Trident port. It is the largest nuclear submarine base in the world. The Kings Bay Plowshares hope to draw attention not only to the threat of nuclear annihilation posed by the weapons aboard the submarines whose homeport is Kings Bay, but to emphasize how the weapons kill every day. They write, “We say, ‘the ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide’, and yet, the explosive power of this weapon is only part of what we want to make visible. We see that nuclear weapons kill every day by their mere existence. Their production requires mining, refining, testing, and dumping of radioactive material, which poisons sacred Earth and Water, all on Indigenous land.
We see the billions of dollars it takes to build and maintain the Trident system as stolen resources, which are desperately needed for human needs.
We see nuclear weapons as a cocked gun, the biggest gun, used 24/7 to ENFORCE the many layers of state-sponsored violence and deadly force required to maintain white supremacy, global capitalism, and global domination.”
We invite you to support them and continue the witness! What follows is a list of a few ways to do that.
1. Organize a vigil other public solidarity event calling for the dismantling of the triplets of militarism, racism, and economic injustice at Kings Bay or in your area. To learn more contact Jessica Stewart at 207.266.0919 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email Beth Brockman at email@example.com
2. Organize a support potluck or party. Here a few ideas: Have a member of the Kings Bay Plowshares support team speak. Write postcards to the Kings Bay Plowshares in jail. Show the movie about the plowshares movement, The Nuns, The Priests, and the Bombs. https://nunspriestsbombsthefil
3. Support the ongoing work of regional groups such as Georgia WAND. https://gawand.org. Georgia WAND’s mission is to educate the public and opinion leaders about the need to reduce violence and militarism in society, and redirect excessive military spending to unmet human and environmental needs.
4. Promote the ICAN treaty for nuclear abolition in your community. To learn more: http://www.icanw.org. They won the Nobel Peace Prize!
a. Organize around the Don’t Bank on the Bomb
Write letters, divest from, and vigil at financial institutions that are invested in the nuclear arms race. To learn more visit: http://www.icanw.org/projects/
b. Have a crane folding party. Send the cranes to Nikki Haley and other leaders along with a message asking them to support the ICAN treaty for nuclear abolition. Learn more visit: http://www.icanw.org/projects/
5. Organize a group read of Martin Luther King’s book From Chaos to Community and form a community of action.
6. Provide financial support for travel and legal support expenses
Donations can be sent to:
Memo line: Kings Bay Plowshares
PO Box 3087
Washington DC 20010
Or through gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/xaajd
7. Attend court appearances and follow the legal process. To do this visit the website OR Like the Facebook page Kings Bay Plowshares OR email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on an email list.